Exclusive: Loanee talks Ibrox future, promotion push and overcoming injury woes
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Exclusive: Rangers loanee Aidan Wilson on injury return and Ibrox future

Following Edinburgh City’s 5-0 Scottish Cup Fourth Round defeat away at Hamilton Academical on Saturday afternoon, Rangers loanee Aidan Wilson spoke exclusively to Rangers News.

First on the agenda, was his reaction to what had been a chastening 90 minutes on the Fountain of Youth Stadium’s artificial surface.

Wilson started the game at centre-back and performed fairly well in difficult circumstances. Positionally sound, willing to put his body in harm’s way and tidy in possession, individually, he looked relatively comfortable.

Aidan Wilson in action for Rangers during the Florida Cup in January 2018. (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)


However, Accies had a lot of joy out wide and sheer weight of pressure combined with some good fortune, saw them notch five on the day.

“It was a tough game,” he said. “We’re just part-time and they’re full-time and you could probably notice that. But, we’ll not dwell on it too much.”

“The Scottish Cup was a free hit, so we’ve just got to dust ourselves down and go again next week.

“We’re five points behind Cove Rangers [in the League Two table], so we’ll be pushing for the league and we’ll be doing everything we can to get top spot.”

The centre-back is a former Scotland U19 international. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old has had a wretched time with knee injuries in recent seasons, which have restricted him to around 20 senior league appearances across three separate loan spells, since 2018.

That’s why he’s just delighted to be finally getting a chance to build momentum with the Citizens.

“It feels good, I’ve had my injury problems and I’ve been out a long, long time.”

“So, it’s just getting the cobwebs off. The Gaffer [James McDonaugh] here has been great with me, and yeah, I just need a run of games and if I stay fit and healthy, then I should be alright.”

Finally, the young defender addressed his future at Ibrox.

Having played two Premiership matches for the Gers against Aberdeen and St Johnstone at the back end of the 2016/17 season, Wilson has had a taste of the big time.

However, he’s been out of the first-team picture since well before Steven Gerrard’s arrival, and his current deal is set to expire in the summer, around the same time as his stint in Edinburgh.

“I know what’s happening, I know what Rangers have got in store for me, but I’d probably prefer not to say just now.”

“I just want to keep working hard, keep playing football and then come to the end of the six months, we’ll see where I’m at and we’ll go again.”

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